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Bowed but proud: Sarah Taylor blogs on England Women's World Twenty20 Final loss

Women's cricket Posted 11th October 2012 view comments

Well the past week has been somewhat emotional; massive highs and extreme lows.

After our group games in Galle we moved back up to Colombo where we knew the wickets would be different, so our focus was on what to expect in the semi-final against New Zealand.

We had played New Zealand earlier in the year so knew what we were up against and were aware of the two additional experienced players, Sophie Devine and Nicola Browne, who would be key for them.

We were lucky enough to play at the R Praemadasa Stadium which was a fantastic ground. It was a lot bigger than I thought so I was excited to get out and play there.

We won the toss and put New Zealand in to bat as we had done well chasing throughout the tournament and wanted to keep doing exactly that.

We started well with Lydia Greenway running out their captain Suzie Bates in the first over. Bates is a dangerous player so to get her out that early was key for us.

The disappointment is still quite raw, but one thing we are all proud of is getting to the final and being part of an exciting, competitive game of women's cricket that showcased the talents of some of the world's best players.

Sarah Taylor
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We continued to bowl well on what was a slow pitch, restricting them to just 93 and then knocked off the runs for the loss of just three wickets; a great effort from the team.

It was tough and NZ bowled well. I was actually stumped in my innings but it was given as a back foot no ball... jammy times from me! But anyway we were through to another World Cup Final and just had to wait and see who it was against.

The next day we sat watching the second semi-final between Australia and West Indies. We weren't bothered who we played in the final, we just wanted a good game. Australia came out on top so it was us versus the Aussies on Sunday.

Finals day came and I think the team will admit Australia were better on the day. We talk about firing on all aspects of our game and we didn't do that on Sunday.

It was great to see us fight so hard at the end and Dani Hazell gave it her all, she did a great job for us to still be in contention on the last ball. But it wasn't meant to be, the Aussies beat us by four runs. We were all hugely disappointed not to be lifting the trophy.

The disappointment is still quite raw, but one thing we are all proud of is getting to the final and being part of an exciting, competitive game of women's cricket that showcased the talents of some of the world's best players.

We've been amazed by the all the messages of support we received and the level of media coverage. It's fantastic to know our achievements are hopefully encouraging more people to support women's cricket and more girls to play cricket.

Our time in Sri Lanka has ended and we are currently heading back home for a well-earned rest. After a short break we will be back in training as we prepare for the ICC Women's World Cup in India in February.

As reigning champions we will be training hard and giving it everything we've got to retain the title.

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